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Harry Howell

Born:December 28, 1932Draft:Signed by the Rangers
Hometown:Hamilton, OntarioPosition:Defence
Known For:Most games played (Rangers)Shoots:Left
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Henry Vernon Howell (December 28, 1932 – March 9, 2019) was a Canadian professional hockey player and longtime star for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

Howell played 1411 NHL games and 170 WHA games, scoring 101 goals and 360 assists for 461 points.

A stalwart, stay at home defenceman, in 1967 Howell was the last player in the pre-expansion era to win the Norris Trophy, and famously said that he was glad he won the trophy then, because Bobby Orr (who finished second that year) would “own” the Norris for some time to come (as it turned out, Orr would win the trophy for the next eight seasons).

Howell’s playing weight was 195 and he stood 6 foot 1 inches tall. He played seventeen years wearing number 3 for the Rangers then he played another eight years in professional hockey; two with Oakland/California Seals, three with the Los Angeles Kings, and one each with three World Hockey Association (WHA) teams: New York Golden Blades/Jersey Knights (1973–74 WHA season), San Diego Mariners (1974–75), and ending his playing career with the Calgary Cowboys (1975–76).

After retiring as a player, Howell became General Manager of the Cleveland Barons for the 1977–78 NHL season. The Barons were in dire financial circumstances, and merged with the equally challenged Minnesota North Stars at the end of that season. Howell became head coach of the merged Minnesota North Stars for the 1978–79 season.

Harry Howell
Rangers Harry Howell vs Red Wings Alex Delvecchio

Harry Howell Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded ToTraded For
June 10, 1969 New York RangersOakland SealsCash
Feb. 5, 1971California Golden SealsLos Angeles KingsCash

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